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[ahy-ron-i-kuh l] /aɪˈrɒn ɪ kəl/
pertaining to, of the nature of, exhibiting, or characterized by irony or mockery:
an ironical compliment; an ironical smile.
using or prone to irony:
an ironical speaker.
Origin of ironical
First recorded in 1570-80; ironic + -al1
Related forms
ironically, adverb
ironicalness, noun
nonironical, adjective
nonironically, adverb
nonironicalness, noun
semi-ironical, adjective
semi-ironically, adverb
unironical, adjective
unironically, adverb
1, 2. sarcastic, sardonic. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There was something disrespectful, not to say ironical, in his tone.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • His gray eyes suddenly fixed and held the ironical eyes of the other.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • Even the marquis, with his ironical politeness, was beginning to displease her.

  • And he launched forth into an ironical eulogy on selfishness.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • "You've very often told me how much you loved me," he went on, ironical at her silence.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • Strive as I might I could not rid my tone of an ironical inflection.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • "All most interesting," commented the Admiral, in his ironical voice.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • The young inspector winced at my companion's ironical comments.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle

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